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Once Upon A Time A Sizzling Showcase Of Dance And Drama

Once Upon A Time A Sizzling Showcase Of Dance And Drama











Photos by: DHRUV SHAH

Offering endless exhortations to follow your heart, Once Upon A Time, a Saahas Dance Production musical, saw audiences witness a kaleidoscopic spectacle of music, dance, love and life on 18th March, at Oshwal Religious Centre.

‘What will it be, your love or career?’ begs the theme of this engaging and entertaining musical, directed and choreographed by Toral and Dulari Tank. The Asian Weekly’s Javed Kana provided the script to this memorable showcase.

The plot formed an appealing parody of a typical Bollywood script, following the story of Raagini (played by Dulari) and her eternal devotion to dance, while everyone around her isn’t as compassionate of her passion, often calling it a hobby.

With strokes of perseverance and providence, Raagini dances her way and makes it to The Dance Championships in UK. In this foreign country, she meets Aryan (essayed by Bhargav Joshi), and here, love, marriage, heartbreak and compromises are largely lived through pulsating performances.

The entire show was designed as a set of dance numbers, punctuated by clever banter, providing continuity to the sequences with vividly-coloured costumes and dance styles that transcended from freestyle Bollywood dancing to contemporary.

With good music, the energy of the show was wide-ranging. Of outstanding performances were Dulari Tank and Bhargav Joshi, whose chemistry seemed natural and often tugged at the heart. The two gleamed in the humorous, romantic and heart-wrenching scenes, with powerful expressions to boot. Toral Tank pitched in a surprising number, donning Gabbar’s get-up, along with her husband, Deepen Gohil, playing Veeru. A cute girl played Basanti for this Sholay spoof which had the audience in splits. While Saahas Dance Group’s students – toddlers to teens – put their best foot forward song after song, the senior ladies also wowed revellers with their perfectly synchronised moves.

The unique choreography was a show-stealer, often complementing the storyline.

The narrator of the show, Vikash Pattni, had everyone’s attention from his first entry. Witty dialogues, charming and all too often evoking bursts of laughter from the crowds, it came naturally to him. From hanging off the auditorium’s balcony to breezing in on a hover board, Vikash beamed.

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